Ojibwa language preservation at work at AlgomaU

June 18, 2014

A student at Algoma University is working to preserve and enhance literacy in the Ojibwa language through the creation of a series of children’s books written in Ojibwa. Baby WayNa Ojibwa language books are designed for newborns to five-year-olds; created using fabrics, the books feature basic Ojibwa words and different textures and sensory images to enhance the learning experience. Creator Roxanne Martin would like to develop her business into a place where Indigenous women can come together to collaborate on book creation and design, expanding the Baby WayNa books into schools, libraries, and book stores. “I grew up not knowing my true identity as a First Nations person and I don't want my son to have the same experience,” explains Martin. Both Martin and her business have won several awards in recognition of her efforts to increase Ojibwa language knowledge. AlgomaU will host a Native Language Teachers’ Gathering this summer, a partnership between the Anishinaabekwe of the North Shore, Local of the Ontario Native Women’s Association, the Anishinaabe Initiatives Division (AID) of AlgomaU, and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. AlgomaU News(books) | AlgomaU News (gathering)